Welcome and Conference Overview

Training and Development

Session Lead: Gareth Edwards, Director, Vulnerability Knowledge and Practice Programme (VKPP)

Voice of the Victim

Session Lead: Richard Fewkes, Director, Hydrant Programme

Data and Analytics



March 7, 2024
9:30 AM - 9:50 AM
Welcome, Introductions & Scene Setting

Ian Critchley, NPCC Lead for Child Protection, Investigation and Abuse

Andy Marsh, Chief Executive Officer of the College of Policing

9:50 AM - 10:05 AM
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10:05 AM - 10:20 AM
Key Note

Gareth Edwards, Director, Vulnerability Knowledge and Practice Programme (VKPP)

10:20 AM - 11:10 AM
Training & Development

Vulnerability Strategy - Coordinating policing activities and driving cross cutting themes
Perennial Issues - College of Policing
Thinking outside of Public Protection 
Panel discussion & Q&A regarding implementation of strategy

Gareth Edwards, Director, VKPP
Caroline Adams, Senior Project Manager, VKPP
Diane Malkin, National Peer Review Coordinator, VKPP
Gill Sims, College of Policing

11:10 AM - 11:30 AM
Training & Development

Professionalising Public Protection & the analytical network.

ACC Tom Harding, Director of Operational Standards and the Public Safety & Risk Portfolio 
Kelly Agudelo, Head of Analysis, VKPP
Hannah Burbridge, Senior Business Analyst, VKPP

11:30 AM - 11:45 AM
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Voice of the Victim/Survivor

Focus on ‘What does Justice mean’ for victims and survivors.

Gabrielle Shaw, Chief Executive NAPAC

Kim Bond, Head of Development NAPAC

Nick Ward, NAPAC's Communication and Partnership

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM
Key Note

Richard Fewkes, Director, Hydrant Programme

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
CSE Taskforce

Models of Effective Delivery - Reviewing a year of the Taskforce and effective practice in tackling group based CSE. 

Panel discussion

Ian Critchley - NPCC Lead for Child Protection, Investigation and Abuse
Richard Fewkes - Director, Hydrant Programme & the CSE Taskforce
Phil Ashford – National CSE Development Coordinator
Tracey Watkinson – Hydrant Programme Partnership Manager


3:15 PM - 3:30 PM
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Workshop 1- VAWG STRA

VKPP will present findings from Year 2 VAWG STRA and support attendees to consider the ‘so what’ and how the findings can support local activity. 

Kelly Agudelo, Head of Analysis, VKPP

Josh Bevan-Cole, Senior Analyst, VKPP

Workshop 2- Developments in the approach to data analysis and research within Child Protection and Abuse Investigation

Angie Jones, Analysis and Research Manager, the Hydrant Programme

Emma Emmett, Senior Analyst, the Hydrant Programme

Shannon Teare, Senior Analyst, VKPP

Workshop 3- Leveraging technology to tackle organised exploitation

TOEX will use a working example to showcase how technical enablers can enrich investigations into the sexual exploitation of children.

DI Pat Thompson, TOEX

Jack Lambourne, TOEX Lead Developer

Dave Kerby,  Simpson Associates

Workshop 4- Visibility in data

This workshop will explore embedding equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) across data and insight practices.

Nosheen Rathore, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion lead, VKPP

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Learning from reviews
Panel discussion

Dr Andrea Darling, Senior Research Fellow, VKPP

Dr Melanie-Jane Stoneman, Senior Research Fellow, VPPP

Annie Hudson, Chair of the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel

CC Rachel Jones, NPCC Lead for MASH and Early Intervention Portfolio

Lorraine Parker, Safeguarding Reform Facilitator, VKPP

6:00 PM - 6:15 PM
Reflections on the system

Simon Bailey QPM, DL, CBE

6:15 PM - 7:00 PM
Pizza & Networking
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Football Association

This panel will hear from Gary Cliffe, Jamie Cartwright and Dion Raitt, former footballers with lived experience of non-recent child sexual abuse in English football, alongside Sue Ravenlaw, Head of Safeguarding at The English FA.

They will talk about their journeys in football, the impact that childhood sexual abuse has had on their lives and wellbeing, their experience of engaging with police forces and the criminal justice system, the support they’ve access since coming forward and how they contribute to English football’s safeguarding work now.

March 8, 2024
9:00 AM - 9:10 AM
Welcome to Day Two

Ian Critchley, NPCC Lead for Child Protection, Investigation and Abuse

9:10 AM - 9:25 AM
Key Note

T/Detective Chief Superintendent Kate Thacker, Director, TOEX

9:25 AM - 10:25 AM
Transcending borders and crime types in the disruption of organised exploitation

A look into the proactive and intelligence-led approach to complex, cross-border investigations.  

T/Detective Chief Superintendent Kate Thacker, Director, TOEX

10:25 AM - 11:00 AM
Crown Prosecution Service- Organised Child Sexual Abuse Unit (OCSAU)

Nicola Haywood, Head of CPS Organised Child Sexual Abuse Unit

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Voice of children and young people - effective engagement. 

Your Police.

Caroline Adams, Senior Project Manager, VKPP

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Workshop 1- Learning the lessons of investigation and best practice approaches in complex child abuses cases

Rob McKinnell, Learning, Review and Support Manager, the Hydrant Programme

Kay Wallace, Review Officer, the Hydrant Programme

Kevin Broadhead, Review Officer, the Hydrant Programme

Workshop 2- Using intelligence and analytics to disrupt and prevent high-harm threats

A demonstration of how intelligence and analytical expertise supports the disruption of organised exploitation at a force, regional and national level

Lucy Rogers, Intelligence and Analytics Lead, TOEX

Geoff Hurst, TOEX Ops & Performance Coordinator

Workshop 3- Exploring neurodiversity and considerations during investigations

Nosheen Rathore, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion lead, VKPP

Alexis Poole, Assistant Chief Constable, NPCC Lead Neurodiversity 

Larry Lea, Executive Staff Officer

Workshop 4- Suspected suicides of individuals with a known history of domestic abuse victimisation

Exploring how Forces are adapting practice to identify and investigate cases.

Angie Whitaker, Staff Officer, Domestic Abuse Lead.

Katie Hoeger, Senior Research Fellow, VKPP

Carolina Gutierrez Munoz, Research Fellow, VKPP

Adam Sadullah, Research Assistant, VKPP

1:45 PM - 2:10 PM
2:10 PM - 2:50 PM
VAWG delivery framework

Op Soteria NOM
How this comes together- reflection black to the Vulnerability Strategy 

2:50 PM - 3:00 PM
Closing words

Ian Critchley, NPCC Lead for Child Protection, Investigation and Abuse